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The Importance of Being Baptized in Jesus’ Name

“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 2:38

Everyone has a name. My last name represents my forefathers, heritage, and personal identity. When I go to the bank, I need to have my driver’s license with me to prove my last name matches the banking account. When I travel overseas, I need my passport to get through customs. It’s apparent that my last name is integral to everything I do, representing what is true about who I am as a person.

Jesus Christ is no ordinary name. It mean’s the “Anointed Messiah,” and represents the Creator of the universe. To be baptized in His name is a sign of identifying with God, imitating His character, and living your life for His glory. When a Christian get’s baptized, they are informing the world that they have died to their self, going under the water, and being raised again in new life through the power of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 3:27 states, “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Therefore, a Christian’s life is identified with the blood of Christ, and that’s when we are united into his death, burial, and resurrection.

There are two extremes concerning baptism. One view holds that water baptism automatically saves you (Baptismal Regeneration). The other view minimalizes baptism out of a false eagerness to promote grace rather than works. The problem with this is that baptism is not a work that we do. As Christians, we aren’t baptized in our own name or power, but in the power of Christ. It’s not our work, it’s all about the glory, honor, and performance of God.

With that being said, does baptism save you? Yes and no. No in that there is nothing in the physical water that has a magical formula to save you. People have gone under the water in baptism and continued living a rebellious, sinful life without God. They are not saved. Yes in that if you are trusting in Jesus to save you from your sins, it is the “timing” in which God applies regeneration to the individual. As Peter makes clear, “Baptism now saves you, not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a clean conscience (1 Pet. 3:28).”

For more information about what the Scripture teaches concerning Baptism (Matthew 21:25; Luke 12:50; Romans 6:4; Ephesians 4:5; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21; Acts 2:38; Acts 10:47) please go here.

Overcoming Stress in an Anxiety Infested World

Lesser_Coat_of_Arms_of_Ukraine_svg “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7

I will be leaving tomorrow from Chicago to fly across the world to Kiev, Ukraine. You might ask: “Why are you flying to an area of war and political dissension?” The reason is family. My wife, son, and I will be visiting our Mother and Father-in-law, grandparents, and Son-in-law for two weeks on the western border. Fortunately, we are far from the city of Donetsk, the region surrounded by much of the conflict.

Recently, security officials announced that government troops had taken over Yasinuvata, a town just north of Donetsk. In this city there is an important railway junction, which would allow the rebel army to cut off weapon supplies from the west. Furthermore, city officials estimate that 200,000 people in Donetsk have left their homes because of the violence. It’s evident that pro-Russian separatists are gaining ground in the Eastern region of Ukraine.

I would be lying if I told you I am not anxious about our trip to Ukraine. There is always the possibility of Pro-Russian separatists getting closer and shooting missiles into civilian territory. However, I don’t allow dangerous circumstances to prevent me from living my life because God is in control.

That doesn’t mean we tempt God and put ourselves in vulnerable situations. My wife and I prayed about it for weeks before we made the final decision. We concluded that no matter where we are, God is sovereign and He is protecting us from harm. Do you believe that? Here are a couple of spiritual disciplines you can incorporate into your lives to remind yourself not to worry or be anxious about anything.

  1. Make a daily practice of listing the things for which you are thankful. Give thanks for several items and meditate on them when you are tempted to be anxious.
  2. Memorize and put to practice Philippians 4:8.
  3. Keep a daily journal of times you are tempted to be anxious. Record what you were doing, what was happening, what you did, and what you should have done.
  4. Study the following verses and then write down everything they indicate about anxiety (Luke 10:38-42; Proverbs 28:1; Ezekiel 4:16; Psalm 77:4).

Run to Finish the Race

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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith (2 Tim. 4:7).”

He was born on August 21st, 1986 in Trelawny, Jamaica. He grew up with his parents, who owned the local grocery store, and enjoyed time playing cricket and football with his brother Sadiki and sister Sherine. In high school, his coach noticed his unusual speed and encouraged him to try track and field events. Good thing he did. Currently, that man, Usain Lightning Bolt, is the fastest runner on the planet, holding the world record for the 100 (9.58 sec) and 200 meters (19.10 sec) dash.

Usain Bolt didn’t become the fastest runner without setbacks. During the 2005 World Championships in Helinski, he suffered an injury in the final, finishing last place in the 200 meters with a time of 26.27. That same year, Bolt was involved in a car accident. Although he suffered minor injuries, his training schedule was further delayed. Nevertheless, Bolt continued to improve his performances in 2005 and 2006, becoming the top 5 fastest runner in the world. Once again, he suffered a hamstring injury in March of 2006, forcing him to be disqualified from the championship in Melbourne, Australia.

Despite these setbacks, Bolt never gave up. In 2008, at the Beijing olympics, Bolt won the first gold medal for Jamaica that year. Then, in 2012, at the London games, he was a triple gold medalist, winning the 100m, 200m, and the 4×100 meters relay for Jamaica. Most recently, in August 2013, Bolt beat Justin Gatlin in Moscow to keep his title as the fastest man in the world.

We may not be able to run as fast as Usain Lightning Bolt, but all of us can run to finish the race of life. We have a spiritual race that is infinitely more valuable than winning the olympics. As the apostle Paul states, “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever (1 Cor. 9:24-25).

In the Christian life, you are going to have spiritual injuries and setbacks. Trials, sufferings, and temptations will come. Despite these setbacks, keep focused on Jesus, who is the author and finisher of your faith. He will never give up on you so keep training and focusing on the race!

In the end, it doesn’t matter how fast we run the race. What does matter is that we finish it well. Don’t you hope that someday you will have the confidence to say, “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race, I have kept the faith?” My prayer is that you do! May God bless you.

Everything is Nothing without Love

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It is certain that all of us will die someday. It is a sober reality that plagues the human heart and often people don’t want to discuss this reality. Solomon said in Ecclesiastes that it is better to go to a house of mourning than a house of feasting since death is the destiny of everyone. So, When you die, what would you want people to remember you by? Would it be your intelligence? Humor? Athletic ability? Trustworthiness? All of these are good things, but I believe the most important character anyone can be remembered for is their love. The two greatest commandments in Scripture are to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love our neighbor as ourselves. Jesus said that all the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.

When writing to the Corinthian church, Paul knew what others used to remember him by before his conversion. He may have been smart, passionate, and religious, but he knew that all of these gifts profited him nothing without love. Now, he sees the folly of the Corinthian believers. They are having inner conflicts, disputes, sexual immorality, and yet are arguing over which of the spiritual gifts are superior. I believe this is why Paul wrote one of the most poetic messages of the New Testament in 1 Corinthians 13: to remind the Corinthians that no matter what spiritual gifts they possessed, whether it’s eloquence, knowledge, faith, or sacrifice, its nothing without love.

Let’s read what Paul wrote through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 13, starting with verse 1. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

In verses 1-3, Paul is expressing that love is imperative and superior to all other gifts. Without love as the motive for our eloquence, knowledge, faith, and sacrifice, we are nothing. In verses 4-7, Paul is illustrating the shape of love, what it is and isn’t, and the difference between authentic love and selfish love. Finally, in verses 8-13, he states that love is eternal. There is a total continuity between the love that is expressed here and forever in heaven and its the only gift mentioned that never ends. For our purposes, we will be focusing on verses 1-3 and answer the statement why everything is nothing without love.  

The first point Paul addresses is that eloquence without love is annoying. Look at verse 1. “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” Paul here uses intentional exaggeration to say that even if He knew all the languages of the world and could speak as eloquent as an angel, but was not motivated by love, then he would be as empty, unharmonious, and useless as a noisy gong or clanging cymbal.  As you know, cymbals only sound good in the context of a musical piece along with many other instruments. In the same way, if someone speaks eloquently, but they have not love, it sounds terrible.

A couple years ago a friend and I started an apologetics outreach at the University of Louisville. Our desire was to convince Atheist intellectuals that the Christian worldview was historically accurate, scientifically defendable, and philosophically compelling. For 8 weeks, we blasted them with arguments for the existence of God: the cosmological argument, the moral argument, teleological argument, and ontological argument (briefly explain).

One night, we were having a heated debate and a skeptical student got very angry with us. He was a linguistics major and the most intelligent college student that I had ever met. He looked at the Christians in the room, had tears in his eyes, and made this statement: “If you truly believe that I am lost, that I will burn in a fiery hell forever, then don’t just win me over by arguments as if I am some competition, but act in love like your Jesus and then I might believe.” I was shocked for two reasons. First, the most intellectual atheist didn’t care about the arguments as much as how we treated him. Second, I realized that my supposed zeal to reach the lost, to fulfill the great commission, wasn’t because I wanted Jesus to be magnified but so that others would see how smart I was.

The saddest part about this story is that a few weeks later my friend wrapped up his last discussion defending the existence of God and whispered to me afterwards: “Man, we demolished their worldview.” Fortunately, God gave me grace to see my own blindness, repent, and recognize the truth to this famous saying: Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care!

Christian, what is the motive of your heart? This is what the Lord looks at. Are you memorizing the Bible so that you can look good in front of others or because you love to learn God’s Word. Are you motivated to learn evangelism skills to argue or because you desire to persuade people to believe in the gospel? Are you coming to church so that you will be approved by others or are you coming to church because your Savior is being worshipped here? I trust that the latter is true in all these cases!

The second point Paul addresses is that spiritual insight without love is nothing. Look at verse 2. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. The gift of prophecy here is the ability to know mysteries and to gain knowledge. In the Bible, a mystery is a truth which is at least partially revealed, but not fully understood. According to Paul, the meaning of marriage was a mystery. Now we know the truth about Christ’s union with His church is illustrated by Christian marriage (Eph. 5:22-23). In Genesis 3, God promised to crush the head of the serpent. Now we see that this is fulfilled in Jesus Christ, who defeated Satan at the cross. The union of Jews and Gentiles in the church was a mystery in the Old Testament. Now, Gentiles are adopted into the covenant through the blood of Jesus Christ. Paul says that if he had all this knowledge plus faith to remove mountains, but had not love, He would be nothing. I find it hard to believe that someone can have all this knowledge and still stay humble enough to have faith that can remove mountains. Paul is using these extreme examples to show us the utter importance of love.

William Booth was a British Methodist preacher who founded The Salvation army in 1865. Booth was known for preaching repentance and salvation to the poorest and most needy, including alcoholics, criminals, and prostitutes. He had a large organization and began sending missionaries around the country. On one occasion, a group of women missionaries were sharing the gospel, informing unbelievers about the death, burial, and resurrection. They were explaining the Bible from the beginning to the end. The women missionaries became frustrated because these people did not get converted. They were praying diligently and teaching the Bible the best they could. Out of frustration, they sent a letter to William Booth and asked him what they should do next. William Booth responded to the letter and sent it right away to the women missionaries. When they opened up the letter, they only saw two words: “Try tears.”

Christian, let me ask you. Are you weeping over your family members, coworkers, and friends who are lost? Do you desire to see them here with us today, rejoicing that Christ has paid the penalty for their pride, lust, and anger? In Romans 9:3, the Apostle Paul had such a heavy heart for the lost that he said: “For I wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people.” This is a powerful statement that can only be produced by the Spirit of God, who grieves for the lost world. I pray that every time we pick up the bible, attend a Sunday service, volunteer at VBS, or read a theologically heavy book that our heart’s desire would be to love God and our neighbors with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength.

The third and final point that Paul addresses is that Sacrifice without love gains nothing. Look at verse 3. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Here, Paul is not addressing a specific spiritual gift but he is demonstrating to his audience that even great personal sacrifice without love gains nothing. It may be assumed that the ultimate sacrifice is made, either by giving up all of one’s possessions for the sake of the poor or giving up one’s life on the mission field as a martyr.

Paul, however, does not grant this assumption as proof for great love. People can give away possessions for any number of reasons, and some of those can be self-serving rather than sacrificial. I can give away money to charity so that I receive a better tax return or give all my possessions away so that others will think I am a great person and esteem me. Not only does Paul say that giving all possessions without love is worthless, but even if one dies as a martyr, if its not motivated by love, they gain nothing.

A martyr is one who dies for their religious beliefs. It originally meant “witness” because the early Christian witnesses were often persecuted or killed for their faith in Jesus. Now, God is not calling for believers to purposely seek out death. Jesus even told his disciples: “When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another.” However, we must be willing if necessary to lose our lives for His sake. If someone joins the military, they train to be prepared to die in the service for their country, but that doesn’t mean they will be put in a situation where they will die. In the same way, Christians are in a spiritual battle and are to be prepared to die for the Lord, but they shouldn’t actively seek for it. If they do, they will be tempting God, motivated by self-interest rather than a love for God’s glory.

Christian, let me ask you. Are you sacrificing your tithes and offerings to the church out of guilt rather than with joy and thanksgiving? Are you sacrificing your time, energy, and money to your kids out of obligation or because you love them? When you go on a mission trip and put your life in danger, are you doing it for your own pleasure or because you desire to see Christ glorified among the nations? God isn’t concerned as much about our outward behavior, but the inward motive of our hearts.

You may be asking, how then can we possibly possess this type of love? You can’t. That is why we need the gospel. The gospel is the good news that God saves sinners. See, man is by nature sinful and separated from God without any hope, but God, rich in His mercy and grace, provided the means of man’s salvation in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The word gospel literally means good news, but to understand how good it is, one must first understand the bad news. When man fell in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:6) by their willful disobedience towards God, they were separated and every part of man, including his mind, will, emotions, and flesh were corrupted by sin. Man is now hostile towards God (Rom. 8:7) and their every desire is to love evil rather than good, resulting in man being eternally condemned in Hell. It is in Hell that man pays the penalty of sin against a holy God. Without any solution to this problem, there would be no hope for humanity. However, God in His mercy and grace, provided a solution, a substitute for our sins, Jesus Christ. He who knew no sin became sin for us so that we might become righteous. He paid the penalty for our sins so that we could restore our fellowship back with God. Because God has made a way for sinners, He calls all of us to repent (turn, have a change of mind), of our sins and trust in the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:8).  Those who believe in Christ (Rom. 10:8) are not only saved from hell but also given a new nature, a changed heart, and a new desire and attitude to worship and give glory to Almighty God (2 Cor. 5:17). It is God who regenerates us from death to life by giving us His Holy Spirit. When a believer repents and believes in the gospel, they will produce the fruits of the spirit and be known for their love.

Jason Tuskes was a seventeen year old high school honor student and was close to his mother, disabled father, and younger brother. Jason was also an expert swimmer and enjoyed to scuba dive in his free time. One day he left home to explore a spring and underwater cave near his home in Florida. His plan was to be home to celebrate his mother’s birthday. However, Jason became lost in the cave. In his panic, he got wedged into a narrow passageway. When he realized that he was trapped, he shed his yellow metal air tank and unsheathed his diver’s knife. With the tank as a tablet and the knife as a pen, he wrote one last message to his family: I love you Mom, Dad, and Christian. Then he ran out of air and drowned. A dying message–something communicated in the last few seconds of life is something we can’t ignore. God’s final words to us are etched on a Roman cross. They are blood red. They scream to be heard. They too, say, “I love you, and this love from God should be the foundation of our love too.”

On Mission for the Great Commission

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What is a mission statement? Both Christians and non-Christians talk about this concept. Businesses think through missions.The Coca-Cola mission statement is to refresh the world, inspire moments of optimism, and to make a value and difference in the world. Armies strategize their missions to protect and serve their country. Ordinary people may say their mission in life is to get a good job to support their family.

What about Christian missions? What is our goal? I believe our mission is found in the words of Jesus Christ to his disciples in Matthew 28:16-20, often referred to as the Great Commission. After Jesus rose from the dead, he met his disciples on the mountain in Galilee. This is what he told the disciples what the mission is: “ Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Based on this passage, I believe Jesus had three components when referring to Christian missions: To obey, share, and disciple others for Jesus Christ.

The first part of the mission is to obey Christ. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Who is Jesus Christ? He is the God-Man, the creator of the universe, the beginning and the end. Colossians 1:16 says that Jesus is the invisible God, the ruler over every principality, power, throne, and ruler. Since He is the supreme authority, we should obey him. What comes to your mind when I say obedience? Obey your parents, church, teachers, boss. By the time we reach adulthood, obedience has been a negative term.

When I was a child, in the summer I would go to the public pool everyday. The way for people to find out if I was there would be if they heard the whistle blow. What do I mean? Well, I would run to the diving boards and the lifeguard would blow the whistle and give me a warning. I would dive in the shallow end and the lifeguard would blow the whistle and tell me to sit next to her for five minutes. I really didn’t like this lady, but was she blowing the whistle because she didn’t like me or because she wanted to protect me?

If I ran and fell, I could break my leg. If I jumped in the shallow end, I could break my neck. I needed to obey her to be safe. God has done the same. In the Old Testament, God told Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil so they wouldn’t feel guilt, God told them to obey the 10 commandments to thrive in society, in the book of Judges not to follow false gods, and in the New Testament, he tells us not to be angry, lust after women, or hate our enemies. Christ doesn’t have these rules without a purpose, but he wants us to trust in Him so that we can experience the fruits of the spirit and his love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness. He is a loving Father that cares for our well-being. Christians, are you obeying God out of duty or because you desire a relationship with Him? He knows the motives of our hearts.

The second mission for Christians is to share the good news with others. Verse 19 says to Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Here, Jesus calls the disciples to share their faith with the world The word for “go” is an active verb, and it means that as you live your life, you need to be examples and light to the world. In Mark’s account, Jesus states to Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. What is this good news? Imagine with me that you were on trial for committing a crime and the verdict agreed: Guilty. The judge states the punishment: Death. As you are on your way to become executed, some innocent person, full of mercy and compassion, says to the judge: I will stand in the place of this man. This is exactly what happened to us. We are all guilty and deserve to be punished, but Jesus Christ, the innocent God-Man, stepped in our place and died for our sins. You may then ask, who is the world?

Not only are we called to go in diverse places like Rwanda, but we are also called to share the gospel with our friends, relatives, drunkards, and the self-righteous. How do we do this? Well, you can do this through words and through actions. By words, I mean make it natural. You are talking to your friend and she says, Today is a beautiful day. Will you say, “Yes,  it is so nice outside.” Or will you say, “yes it is nice outside. God really does love us.” That person may not ask about God the first time, but try to make opportunities in your conversation naturally. By works, you can go to your friend or neighbor in need, help them move, take groceries over, or provide a meal for their family,  and simply say: We were thinking about you and wanted to share Christ’s love in a practical way. Also, think about the needs of your community. How can you serve your city and let outsiders know that you don’t just come to church every Sunday to worship out of tradition, but seek to bring them into your community.

The third and final mission is not only to obey and share the gospel, but make disciples. What does it mean to make disciples? When someone shares the gospel, the person becomes convicted and desires to repent of their sins. Jesus said “repent, for the kingdom is at hand.” Then, we are told as believers to baptize these new believers. Last week, we have witnessed many baptisms and God be the glory. Baptism is the recognition that one has died to self, been buried with Christ, and is raised to new life. Then that mature believer is called to teach the new believer to obey everything that the Lord has commanded. If you are a mature believer, find out ways that you can help new believers: Maybe read a book of the Bible together and discuss it, pray with one another, if you enjoy knitting socks, maybe rather than hanging out with your friends, find someone who is a new believer with the same interests.

Coca-Cola has a mission, and they have been to virtually every country on this planet. They are ambitious, but what is their product? It’s just sugar and water. The Christian church has a mission, to share the gospel where God dies on the cross for the sins of the world to heal the broken-hearted and strengthen community. Isn’t this infinitely better than sugar water? Let’s be the light of the world and share this good news to others.

Jesus’ Final Words on the Cross

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1. A Word of Mercy: The prayer for forgiveness to the Father – “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Lk. 23:34). Think of a family member, friend, or co-worker that has wronged you. Take practical steps to either pray, write a letter, or sit down and show them the mercy that Christ has shown you.

2. A Word of Grace: The promise to the criminal confessing sin – “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in paradise” (Lk. 23:43). This example reminds us that the most vile of criminals can be saved from God’s wrath. Don’t grow weary sharing your faith because in due time, God may convict and save the hardened individual you are witnessing to. This statement also gives us hope that the sufferings of this present world will not be worthy to compare with the glory that is to come.

3. A Word of Compassion: The conversation with His mother – “Woman, behold your Son! Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother!” (Jn. 19:26-27). Jesus demonstrated His love towards His biological mother, reassuring her that everything is okay. As Christians, it’s our privilege to inform and comfort others, reminding them that God works together for good to those who are called according to His purposes.

4. A Word of Anguish: The cry of separation from the Father – “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is translated, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?” (Mk. 15:34). The mystery of this separation communicates the vileness of sin. When Christ died in our place, The Father turned His back on the Son and unleashed the wrath of God. However, it pleased Yahweh to do this because it was the only way for mankind to be reconciled to a Holy God; for Christ to be the propitiation (atonement) for our sins.  Meditate on this truth for a moment. God was willing to separate Himself from the greatest love, His own Father, to redeem sinful men and women like ourselves. This should resort in singing praise to His great name!

5. A Word of Need: The acknowledgement of thirst to the soldiers – “I thirst!” (Jn. 19:28). This specific reference indicates that Jesus was not only fully God, but He was fully Man. He had the need to drink something because of the agony He was experiencing was real. How does this theological truth help you understand the nature of Jesus Christ, the God-Man?

6. A Word of Victory: The cry of victory to the world – “It is finished!” (Jn. 19:30). The Lord promised shortly after the fall in Genesis 3 that He would crush the head of the serpent. He pronounced the truth that the Kingdom of Heaven has overcome the domain of darkness. Since we are on the winning side, what should our attitude in life be?

7. A Word of Trust – The cry of deliverance to the Father – “Father, into your hands I commit My spirit” (Lk. 23:46). The last sentence that Jesus uttered showed the unwavering trust He had with His Father. He knew that the Father would rescue Him and highly exalt Him. When your final breath comes, are you confident that your spirit will enter the presence of God? I hope so!

Reference: John MacArthur The MacArthur Bible Commentary (Nashville, TN: Nelson Publishers, 2005), p.1260.